Sunday, March 21, 2010

This is Day 4 with the new implant

This is the fourth day for the new implant. It a big diffence with the left ear. Everything sound higher pitch and sharper but still have problem with music, it sounded like rapsy sound, like Darth Vader's breathing and also noticed that when men speak, their voice sound rapsy.

My audie gave me three programs to work with for a week. Right now I am on program 2 which is louder, the first slot is softer. And also must wear the new implant at least 2 hrs a day alone. So tomorrow hopefully I will use the The Listening Room that is provided by

Next Thursday I will be going back to Johns Hopkins for the second mapping. More things will be happening. I will update after the Thur appt.

Friday, March 19, 2010

I have to say WOW on my second implant!

I got activated yesterday for my second implant. My ears are not identical, they are fateral twins. The new implant sound higher pitch and sharper. I understood speech right away, the reason why is because of my hearing aid since the age of 3. This new implant will be the dominate ear and the right ear will be the backup.

We did put the t-coil on the right one for now. My audie did not map the right ear because she does not want to overload the brain. It will be map later. She has given me three program to work on and also wear it for at least 2 hrs alone a day. Which I did and no problem, hopefully I will hear more later like the microwave beep, any thing that is high pitch. I do hear the turn signal in the van and also was listening to the radio and understood some of the stuff which was the weather report but the van has to stop in order for me to listen.

I am glad that I went for the second implant, no regret! I know there is more coming. So I need to buckle in and engage the new improve hearing world which is noisy.

I go back next Thurs for the second mapping. More will be follow.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2nd Implant and Recovery

It has been a long time since I lasted blog. I had my surgery for the 2nd implant on the left last Wednesday, Feb 17. Dr. Niparko did a wonderful job and the surgery went easier than the first time around. I did not have any vertigo, numbness, loss of taste and or metallic taste. I was in recovering a little longer because they could not get my blood oxygen up so my dh had to make me mad in order to breathe more. Since it has been less than a week since surgery, I had to listen all over again with my right ear and I noticed that I should have a mapping before the surgery. I realized that the last mapping was in July so things has change especially the volume.

Today I had to use the phone to talk one of the nurse from the insurance company and I explained to her that I am using the Captel to be able to understand her. The conversation last about 5 minutes and I got most of the words so it getting there. My right ear is not accustomed to the phone, it was my left ear.

My first activation will be on March 18, 2010, the day after my daughter's birthday. I am glad that I got this second implant.